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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Autism Research: Infants' superior perception linked to later autism symptoms ♦ Autism: Value of an integrated approach to diagnosis ♦ Low glycemic index diet reduces symptoms of autism

Low glycemic index diet reduces symptoms of autism in mice A diet recommended for diabetics ameliorated signs of autism in mice, researchers have found. Although preliminary and not yet tested in humans, the findings might offer clues to understanding one potential cause of autism
Youth on the autism spectrum overly sensitive to sensory stimuli have brains that react differently Using functional magnetic resonance imaging, a team of researchers has shown for the first time that children with autism spectrum disorder who are overly sensitive to sensory stimuli have brains that react differently.
Infants' superior perception linked to later autism symptoms People with autism are often described as 'seeing the world differently.' They tend to show superior perception for details, like, for example, the autistic artist Stephen Wiltshire's highly accurate representations of cityscapes drawn from memory. Now, researchers show that those differences in perceptual skill are present very early in infancy, before the onset of clinical symptoms of autism.
Autism: Value of an integrated approach to diagnosis Researchers have combined three clinical, neurophysiological and genetic approaches in order to better understand the brain mechanisms that cause autism. When tested on two families, this strategy enabled the researchers to identify specific gene combinations in autistic patients that distinguished them from patients with intellectual disabilities.

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